thinking out loud...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gcbailey, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    I never use the row haul unless I have a Heavy load. I ran a full tank trough hauling 9k and still got 8mpg, just like empty. It's a crew with a service bed on it. What year is your truck gc, sry for getting off topic
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  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,754

    and.... the 6.0 weighs in right over 7800lbs empty load, w/ both 2x25 gal tanks full. The 6.6 weighs in around 8100lbs, empty load, w/both 2x20 gal tanks full...
  3. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    What about a two part folding ramp? I've seen them on trailers n box trucks you get a longer ramp but less sticking up.
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,754

    Redden- they are both'04
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  5. Durabird02

    Durabird02 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 153

    I have an 02 2500HD Duramax and when i bought it, the best i could get out of it was 13. I put a cold air intake on it and a superchip programmer on it and now i get about 19 out of it without a trailer. The superchip is a pretty mild tune, it only adds 75HP but it makes a huge difference in throttle response, not too sure if it would help you when pulling a trailer.
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,754

    I've heard the chips do pretty good on the diesels, but not much of anything on a gas engine. I know a guy who is a hardcore diesel mod type. Might see what he can do.

    I did find a set of 12' 'utv' ramps on epay.... only $600! I don't know if I would be willing put to that kind of money into a set of ramps or put it toward a liftgate. I've been thinking about a Mitsu landscape truck, but we do a lot of brush hogging and I'd hate to be put in a place where one truck might be down and not be able to haul the tractor.
  7. Hause

    Hause LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I'm in a similar situation, did you figure anything out?
  8. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Is your trailer open? Is the front of it clear of obstacles?
    If so you could load with regular ramps from your trailer to your truck/s.
  9. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,754

    Hause, no not yet... I'm still thinking. I've found several 12' UTV ramps that are (I think) 18" wide and aluminum, but they are all $500+ I know a guy who has a set and I've been trying to get up with him to see how they work. He has a 1 ton box truck (one of the small Uhaul types) and he can put an ATV in it easily he says.

    Monroe, all of our trailers, except my equipment (farm tractor) trailer all has racks in the front.

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